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Leena Kivipelto

M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Neurosurgeon

Leena Kivipelto has been performing cervical and lumbar spine surgery in the private sector since the latter half of the 1990s. She is interested in the opportunities that Helsinki Hospital provides for expanding private healthcare services into the field of brain surgery. She specializes in endoscopic pituitary surgery and cerebrovascular surgery.

Kivipelto became interested in biology and the other natural sciences in high school, and this led her to study medicine. She studied medicine in Helsinki and became interested in the functioning of the nervous system, the central nervous system in particular. Her doctoral dissertation was in the field of basic brain research.

“That’s how I became interested in neurology and neurosurgery. I was immediately fascinated by neurosurgery when I started as trainee doctor in a clinic. From then on, it was very clear to me which specialization I would choose,” she recalls.

Many people may think that a surgeon’s job is very mechanical, just operating on patients. This is a misconception that Leena Kivipelto wants to correct. Her job involves meeting people face to face and helping them, making decisions, and taking responsibility.

“Technical skills and demanding operations are part of the job, but a very important part of my work involves assessing risks and considering the best and safest solutions in cooperation with patients and their families,” she describes.

“Much of my work is about meeting patients and their families. In this field of medicine, we often treat patients with life-threatening acute conditions, which means that we meet people who are going through a major crisis. Our role therefore carries great responsibility.”


Leena Kivipelto

  • Adjunct Professor; Neurosurgeon
  • Specializes in: brain and pituitary tumor surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, spinal (cervical and lumbar spine) surgery
  • Main professional experience: Specialist, HUCH Department of Neurosurgery since 1996
  • Memberships: Finnish Neurosurgical Society



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